Fans of CW’s Supernatural had barely begun to recover from the shocking Season 9 finale when news of Season 10 began flowing in. Through press releases, a panel, and an exclusive sneak peek for attendees, the cast and crew of the long-running drama leaked tantalizing tidbits regarding the upcoming season.
Demon Dean was, of course, a hot topic for the cast and fans at the convention. “We don’t know how far gone he is,” said Misha Collins in a recent interview. When asked about how Dean’s transformation would affect his relationship with Castiel, he explained that “it drives a wedge between them … Cas still obviously cares about Dean very much, because his primary mission is to get Dean cured of being a demon. But at the same time, Cas is determined not to let a demon Dean roam the earth. So if it comes to it, Cas is willing to kill demon Dean if human Dean can’t be rescued.”
When asked how far Sam would go to find Dean, Jared Padalecki replied that “Sam goes really far. He goes to a place we’re kind of playing with this year [involving] your destiny, and who’s the real monster. Dean’s obviously been possessed by a demon, but the things that Sam does, searching for his brother, makes us question how dark Sam has become as well.”
At the beginning of the Hall H Supernatural panel on Sunday (July 27), fans were treated to an exciting clip of Season 10 that showcases this dynamic. “I hate demons,” Sam seethed, to which Dean replied, “I’ve got a hell of a lot more running through me than just demon juice … You see, from where I’m sitting, there ain’t much difference from what I turned into to what you already are. I know what you did when you went looking for me. And I know how far you went. So let me ask you: which one of us is really a monster?”
According to Jensen Ackles, “In true Demon Dean fashion, he’s handling [the transformation] quite well. He enjoys the freedom, he’s enjoying ‘howling at the moon’, as Crowley put it, so it’s gonna be tough to talk him off the ledge.” He added, “[Dean and Crowley] essentially paint as many towns red as they can possibly paint, until they run out of paint. And then Dean’s like, ‘I’m not ready to stop,’ and Crowley’s a bit, like, ‘It’s getting a little ridiculous.’ So there’s a little trouble in paradise here.”
At the Supernatural panel, Ackles and Mark Sheppard agreed that Crowley and Dean were unlikely to be bosom buddies anytime soon. “I think nobody’s ever going to believe that Crowley didn’t know what was going to happen, right?” Sheppard says. “So we’ll have to see if Crowley has any control over what happens or if Crowley’s even in charge. We’ll have to see.” Ackles added, “With Demon Dean, at some point Crowley is going to be like, ‘This was a bad, bad idea.’”
“Essentially the good in him, any kind of paternal instinct, or brotherly instinct, or humanistic instinct, as far as being a good person or a nurturing person or somebody who is gonna do the right thing or fight for the underdog — all of that is gone,” Ackles said in an IGN interview. “He just does not care, and he is enjoying that, which is scary, and it’s gonna make it that much more difficult for Sam to track him down and bring him back because he doesn’t want to be found. He’s having a great time. It’s like he’s got a new lease on life and no one can tell him no. He takes what he wants and leaves what he wants, and it’s all fun for him … It is a twenty-four seven party for him … It’s scary and sad all at the same time.”
Castiel’s slowly depleting grace was also up for discussion. “Castiel’s grace is fading,” Collins says. “He’s getting weaker … I think that early on in the season, the most important thing for Castiel, he’s concerned with trying to help get Dean patched up again more so than he is about trying to heal his own powers.” When asked what lengths the angel would go to to get his powers back, Collins said, “I think, sadly, Castiel is kind of resigned to death, because he doesn’t want to do the things that he would have to do to make himself survive. He doesn’t want to slit another angel’s throat and steal its grace or cooperate with Metatron, and those are the only two options that he sees open to him. So he is fading; we find him trying to use the last bit of energy that he has to help save Dean from being a demon, and we’ll see how that goes.”
Finally, the cast hinted at a “musical-ish” episode for their 200th. The fifth episode of the season, it will be titled “Fan Fiction” and was described by Jeremy Carver as a “love letter to the fans.” Padalecki added, “It’s wonderful to thank you guys on screen.” In a press interview, Collins explained, “It’s gonna be good. It’s gonna be kind of meta.”
Singing, dancing, and demonic drama? We’re ready. Fingers crossed, this season looks like it’s gonna be an emotional roller coaster of the highest order.